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Weekly News – 9.17.21

Quick Announcements:


SAVE THE DATE!

Lower School Parent Information Meeting

September 23, 2021

6:00 pm via zoom – Meeting link will be shared.

Fun Run T-Shirt Update

Sponsor logos/names are due today!  This is the last chance to sponsor this year’s Fun Run t-shirts.  Thanks to all who have stepped up to help provide a free race day tee to every GHCDS student, faculty member, and parent volunteer.  We have a few spots remaining for company logos at $500 and $750 price points, along with the chance to list a sponsor name for $250 (open to families, grandparents, or in honor of your runner!). These will be worn proudly by 330+ Panthers.  Please e-mail the Parent Association today with your logo or name as you would like it listed: parentassociation@ghcds.org.

Around Campus:

Kindergarten at GHCDS

Each day is filled with math, phonics, discussions about feelings, reviewing routines and so much more! This week we continued to learn about each other’s families. In Math this week, we focused on “Friendly Fives”. The class learned how to use a ‘Five Frame’ to count numbers to five. They also had a great time at Work places, where they could explore different ways to use the material. We introduced a new Work Place “Spill Five Beans, where they use bean counters to count and trace numbers to five.

Kindergarten had so much fun during their very first story time with Mr. Bugg!

Second Grade Celebrates International Dot Day!

On Wednesday second graders joined author Peter H. Reynolds in celebrating International DOT DAY. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. Create bravely, everyone! 

Third Grade Celebrates International Dot Day!

Third grade explores math and science and makes marks to see where they lead during International Dot Day!

Fourth Grade Science

Fourth Grade is studying the human body for their first Science Unit. After learning all about tendons and joints last week, we took a deep dive into the workings of the human eye by creating a replica of the cornea and retina.

Middle School Participates in Global Day of Play

Biology

Students complete their first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) project.  They worked in small groups to design and build a hydroponics unit that will continue to be monitored throughout the year.

Some groups investigated and compared the impact of technology on different hydroponic designs and other groups constructed working examples.

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology students began the laborious process of identifying, labeling and coloring the skeletal system as part of ten systems that will be covered during this course.  Color helps students memorize information by increasing their attentional level.  The more attention focused on certain stimuli, the more chances of the stimuli to be transferred to a more permanent memory storage.  The students will have a complete anatomical reference manual at the end of this course.

Middle School Art

Middle School Art students are creating Vejigante Masks for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.15th- Oct.15th). Vejiga means cow bladder and gigante means giant. The mask has roots of African and Hispanic culture and has been in existence for centuries. They are known to have bat-like wings, fangs, horns and carry an inflated cow bladder filled with seeds as a playful weapon. Specifically in today’s Puerto Rican traditions the folklore demon-like character represents resistance to imperialism, resilience, and preservation of cultures. Students created their masks using reusable materials, plaster, paper-mache, tape, and paint.

Upper School Ceramics

Upper School Ceramics students learn bookmaking and binding techniques to make their own sketchbook for class.    


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